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Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Yakima FullSwing Hitch Bike Racks on a 2012 Toyota 4Runner


Today on our 2012 Toyota Forerunner, we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima Full Swing Four Bike Rack. That's part number Y02465. I've already got it loaded up on the Forerunner just to give you a good idea of what it looks like. It is a hanging style bike rack. One of the best features about this bike rack is it has the ability to swing out so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll start right here with the black lever. Go ahead and loosen that up.

It's going to seem like it wants to come out, but that is indeed loosened up. We'll pull up on the red pin, it's going to allow it to start swinging out. We'll want to make sure that that pin snaps into the groove here to lock it in place. Then we can finish swinging it back out and around to the side of the vehicle until that snaps into place here. As promised, we can get into our rear hatch to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. To put it back into place, pretty simple.

You'll want to come over here to the center button here. Go ahead and start working its way back in. Be sure to pull up on that red pin there to get it to start rotating out. Then we can push it back in place from here at the end. You'll want to be sure that that red pin snaps all the way back in place here, and then we can tighten it up. Let's go over a few features here.

Our bike rack has an integrated cable lock here behind the center mast so we can further secure our bikes if we like. It also includes a wheel strap if we're transporting one bike to keep our front wheel from spinning and swaying back and forth. We've also got our bike secured in three points here. We've got two zip strips for our top tube and then one for our seat post tube. One for our seat post tube's going to be our anti-sway cradle.

It's going to help bike-to-bike contact while we're on the road. Let's go ahead and take our bike off though. We're just going to squeeze in on the two grey tabs on either side, and then our bike is freed up. I'll go ahead and put those into place, and then we'll grab a few measurements. Now with the arms up from the bumper of our 4runner, we've got about forty inches added to. The nice thing is the dual arms do fold down. Life up on the red lever, rotate it down until it snaps into place. This would be ideal for parallel parking or pull into your garage. The arms folded down we are now at about fifteen inches at the back. The space between, we're looking about here to our lever here about six inches. The ground clearance about seventeen and a half inches here. Our back rack is to be used for two inch by two inch receivers only. We've got a few nice features here. This auto-pin here allows it to snap in place when you line up the pin holes. It's also very easy to remove. Press in on the grey button here and then you can easily remove it. Once you've got that all set up, you can make your way back here to the speed knob. Tighten it up clockwise. It's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our receiver and our bike rack to make for a nice solid ride for our four bikes. That's going to complete our test fit on the Yakima Full Swing Four Bike Rack, part number Y02465 on our 2012 Toyota 4runner. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pot hole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway.


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